David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike

Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)
Andrew Cuomo and David Paterson (Photo: Getty)

Former Gov. David Paterson has an unusual take on the recent power plays between his successor and the new mayor.

In an interview on Geraldo Rivera’s 77 WABC Radio show this morning, Mr. Paterson argued that Gov. Andrew Cuomo was actually doing Mayor Bill de Blasio a favor when he offered to pay for universal pre-K using state money instead of endorsing Mr. de Blasio’s plan to raise taxes–and accused Mr. de Blasio of being “intellectually dishonest” in arguing a new tax was necessary to fund the programs. Continue reading “David Paterson Says Bill de Blasio Is ‘Intellectually Dishonest’ on Tax Hike”

De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans

Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters this afternoon.
Mayor de Blasio speaking with reporters last week.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today brushed off a report that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been meddling in the mayor’s efforts to build support for his plan to raise taxes on the city’s highest-income earners to fund universal pre-K.

Capital New York reported this morning that Mr. Cuomo’s office “has pressured elected officials and others to pull support from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s universal pre-kindergarten plan.” Continue reading “De Blasio Brushes Off Report of Cuomo Trying to Thwart His Pre-K Plans”

Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal

Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium.
Karim Camara at the pro-charter rally as Andrew Cuomo speaks at the podium. (Photo: Families for Excellent Schools/Twitter)

Assemblyman Karim Camara, who raised eyebrows earlier this month when he appeared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Senate leader Dean Skelos at a charter school rally in Albany, isn’t quite on the pro-charter bandwagon any more.

In an interview with the Observer, Mr. Camara, who serves as leader of the state legislature’s minority caucus, said his appearance at the rally should not be seen as an embrace of charter schools beyond what he’s expressed in the past–and that charter schools should not be expanded at the expense of traditional public schools. Continue reading “Karim Camara Says More Charter Support Unlikely in Budget Deal”

With Assist From Olivia Wilde, de Blasio-Backed Nonprofit Shifts Pre-K Focus

Olivia Wilde. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)
Olivia Wilde. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia)

Actress Olivia Wilde is joining the celebrity bandwagon supporting Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign for universal prekindergarten, but like the mayor, Ms. Wilde is shifting the focus away from his signature tax-the-rich proposal to fund the effort.

“The progress we’re making on early education and after-school means a lot to me personally. I’m about to become a mom and I’m grateful for everyone – yourself included – who is helping to fight for our kids,” Ms. Wilde wrote in an email, which will be sent to Mr. de Blasio’s pre-K supporters later this morning. Continue reading “With Assist From Olivia Wilde, de Blasio-Backed Nonprofit Shifts Pre-K Focus”

Cuomo Doesn’t Want to Earmark Pre-K Cash for New York City

Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)
Andrew Cuomo. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo remained noncommittal today about the State Senate’s plan to allot $540 million to the city to fund universal prekindergarten and after-school programs, telling reporters that Mayor Bill de Blasio will have to vie with other municipalities for a pot of state money.  Continue reading “Cuomo Doesn’t Want to Earmark Pre-K Cash for New York City”

De Blasio Deputy Acknowledges Hiring Process Has Been a ‘Bit Slower Than Some’

Anthony Shorris. (Photo: med.nyu.edu)
Anthony Shorris. (Photo: med.nyu.edu)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first deputy mayor this morning provided a rosy assessment of the administration’s tenure so far, concluding that “we’re in a pretty credible place,” despite a “few bumps along the way.”

Speaking to business leaders, lobbyists and reporters at a Crain’s New York Business breakfast forum in Midtown, Mr. Shorris broke with the mayor and acknowledged the pace of appointments in the administration has been “a bit slower than some.” Continue reading “De Blasio Deputy Acknowledges Hiring Process Has Been a ‘Bit Slower Than Some’”

De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash

Mayor Bill de Blasio at today's City Hall press conference.
Mayor Bill de Blasio at a City Hall press conference.

Mayor Bill de Blasio today said he would accept a check from Gov. Andrew Cuomo to fund universal pre-K in place of his signature tax on high-income earners–as long as the governor provides enough cash.

“We haven’t seen the final plan yet … And what I’ve tried to say is we need the verification here for New York City that we’ll have the money each year we need for five years,” said the mayor, speaking this morning on Morning Joe. Continue reading “De Blasio Shifts Tune on Pre-K Funding, Would Now Accept State Cash”